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Traeger's Meat Madness: And then there were TWO.

Posted by Traeger Service on April 3, 2015

It’s been a long and grueling battle through the Beefy Bracket, and we are closing in on the finish line. We started with hundreds of applicants, carved down to 64 competitors, chopped down to the Meat Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Wood-Fired Final Four, and then there were two. It has truly been a colossal competition for carnivores, but it’s not over until the final votes are cast and one Traeger Pit Master emerges victorious. The Championship Matchup is posted. Vote your favorite fare to the top of the winner’s circle at traegergrills.com/meat-madness

Prizes given away so far:


  • The 64 each won Recipe eBooks.
  • The 32 each won $100 Gift Certificates.
  • The Sweet Sixteen won $200 Gift Certificates.
  • The Elite Eight won Traeger Outdoor Fire Pits
  • The Final Four won PTGs (Portable Traeger Grills)
  • Championship Grillers won a 2-year supply of Traeger 100% Hardwood Pellets.
  • The Traeger Pit Master will win a Texas Pro Grill—that’s one helluva trophy.


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Meet Your Final Four.

Posted by Traeger Service on April 2, 2015

They dry brined, tri-tipped, baby-backed, and nacho-ed their way into the Meat Madness Wood-Fired Final Four, but what inspired them to enter the competition? Read on to get to know the ‘cue competitors that have survived the Bracket by garnering the most public support for their mean protein. Our chefs Traeger’ed all four recipes, and each of them brings something special to the table. The Championship is almost here. Make sure to get your final votes in at traegergrills.com/meat-madness before April 4th at 7pm EST so that your favorite recipe makes the cut.



A BBQ and wine pairing duo, Mary Cressler, a wine writer and sommelier, and Sean Martin, insurance exec by day, pitmaster by night, joined forces to create a dish that showcases their long history of Traeger’ing: Smoked Beef Brisket Nachos with Brisket Chili. They submit their Meat Madness recipe in honor of their hard work perfecting brisket…and they did it on a Traeger. Our Traeger chefs reproduced their tasty submission. The meaty chunks of wood-fired brisket over a bed of brisket chili, cheesy tortilla chips, and traditional nacho toppings elevate this snack to a whole new level of delicious. They document all of their BBQ and wine-pairing adventures on vindulgeblog.com



For the Chili:

1 small Red Onion, diced
3 cups leftover smoked Beef Brisket, roughly chopped into small cubes
1 medium Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely minced
1 cup Beer (we used a mild IPA)
¼ cup Coffee (whatever may be left over in the pot from your morning brew).
1, 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
2 small Chipotle Peppers in Adobo from a can, finely diced. (you can use 1 if you’re sensitive to heat. These can be very spicy).
1, 15 oz. can Pinto Beans, drained
1 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning
1 Tbsp. Cumin
½ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
½ tsp. Salt

For the Nachos:

Thick Corn Chips (they need to be sturdy enough to handle the weight of the toppings).
1 medium Tomato, diced
¼ cup Onion, finely chopped (more of less, depending on how much onion you like)
1 thinly sliced Jalapeno, shredded
Smoked Cheddar Cheese, or mixed Cheddar blend

Tip: Adjust the Post-Smoke Cooking Time of your turkey using Jeffrey’s handy guide found at the end of the recipe.


For the Chili:

  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat, pour approximately 1 Tbsp. olive oil and add your onions. Cook about 3-4 minutes, and then add the chopped, leftover brisket and the jalapeno. Cook 1-2 minutes until warmed up.
  • Add the beer and let it come to a simmer (about 1-2 minutes to let the alcohol reduce). Then add the coffee, tomato sauce, tomato paste, pinto beans, peppers, all the spices, and mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer for a few minutes and then reduce to low heat, for about 20-30 minutes, until the chili thickens, the flavors are well combined, and you’re happy with the flavor. Adjust seasonings to your preference. This is all about finding a richness and flavor you like.

To make the Nachos:

  • Take your plate and create one layer with corn tortilla chips. Make sure they are thick chips so they hold the weight of the chili! Layer the chips with the chili and a layer of shredded cheese. Create another layer.
  • If you are using an oven-safe platter, you can place in the oven under broil. Broil until the cheese is melted (this won’t take long, just a couple minutes). Alternatively, you can microwave the plate in 30 second increments until the cheese is melted well. The risk when using a microwave is the chips can get soggy easily!
  • When the cheese is nice and melted, remove from oven or microwave and top with your favorite toppings (sliced jalapeno, tomatoes, diced onion, cilantro) and have you favorite dips to serve alongside: salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. The guac and sour cream also help tame the heat from the chili.

Notes: **Depending on how many nachos you plan to make, the chili will yield leftovers. Nothing wrong with that! Just use how much chili you are comfortable with on your nachos. BONUS, this also pairs well with a crisp rose wine from Spain! Drink away with your tasty nachos!



Jeffrey Potts, a BBQ enthusiast from Spanish Fork, Utah, has always loved to cook, especially great meat on the grill. His Meat Madness submission, Dry Brine Traeger Turkey, combines his passion for cooking with his love of Traeger’ing. Dry brining a turkey for over 24 hours gives the aromatic mixture the time it needs to truly penetrate the meat. Dry brining also cures the skin, so it crisps while you roast it. We cooked up Jeffrey’s recipe in the Traeger kitchen, and the result was a juicy, flavorful bird with robust smokiness from the extended smoke session. Jeffrey was definitely not exaggerating when he said: “Eating out at nice restaurants has been ruined for us thanks to our Traeger grill. Everything tastes better on a Traeger.”



1 Organic Farm Fresh Turkey (Never Frozen)
1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt per/lb. of Turkey
Extra Large zip-lock bag or plastic wrap


  • Combine desired amounts of thyme, rosemary, sage, and/or parsley with kosher salt.
  • Rub kosher salt and spice mixture over entire surface of the turkey, including the cavity. Place turkey in the bag or plastic wrap and seal tight. Place turkey in the fridge for 2 days.
  • On day 3, take the turkey out of the bag or unwrap plastic wrap. Place the turkey back in the fridge, uncovered for 24 hours.
  • On day 4, start your Traeger grill on Smoke with lid open until fire is established (4-5 minutes). Place the turkey on Traeger grill, breast up.
  • Smoke the turkey for 3 to 4 hours.
  • After 3-4 hours, set the temperature to 325°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes). Cook turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Post-Smoke Cooking Time:

10-13 lbs. | 1-1/2 to 2 ¼ hours

14-23 lbs. | 2 to 3 hours

24-27 lbs. | 3 to 3 ¼ hours

28-30 lbs. | 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours



Matthew Holopirek recently moved to San Diego from Kansas City, the heart of barbecue country—so he’s no stranger to quality ‘cue. His love of smoking meats began by his dad’s side as a youngster, and has only grown through the years. His Meat Madness submission, Longhorn (Cowboy) Tri-Tip, may seem simple, but our Traeger Chef tried it out, and the end result was a delicious Tri-Tip steak with that signature smoke ring you can only get from a lengthy smoke session. The coffee gives the end product a good bark, and helps seal in the natural juices.



1 2-3 lb. Tri Tip Roast/Steak
1/8 cup Coffee Grounds
1/4 cup Butt Rub


  • Start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 180°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Rub Tri Tip with Butt Rub and coffee grounds. Place on the grill grate and smoke at 180 °F for 3 hours. Remove Tri-Tip and turn the temperature to 275°F.
  • Double wrap the Tri-Tip in foil, return it to grill and let it cook for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, or until the internal meat temp. reaches 160°F. Once it is finished remove from grill, unwrap it, and let it rest for 10-15 minutes Cut and serve.
  • Tip: remember to cut your meat against the grain as it will be much more tender.



Bill Gaston bought his first Traeger 4 years ago, and spends his free time cookin’ up a storm for his wife and 2 children. As barbecue goes, his tastes are eclectic; he enjoys Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas BBQ styles. His Meat Madness submission, Baby Backs…The Simplest is the Best!, consists of 4 ingredients: Ribs, Cracked Pepper, Kosher Salt, and Hickory Hardwood. His recipe name is more than a title—it’s a challenge. Our Traeger Chefs whipped up a few racks of these simple ribs, and they did not disappoint. There’s something magical about the combination of meat, salt, pepper, and wood smoke that just tastes right.



2-3 Baby Back Ribs (thawed)
Cracked Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
Traeger Hickory Pellets
No sauce is needed…or enjoy with your favorite.


  • Peel membrane from backside of the ribs.
  • Lightly season with cracked black pepper and Kosher salt.
  • When ready to cook, start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 225°F and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).
  • Cook at 225°F, meaty side up for two hours, then flip the ribs to meaty side down and cook for one more hour. Enjoy!

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Traeger's Meat Madness: Welcome the Elite Eight!

Posted by Traeger Service on March 27, 2015

We’re getting closer to the Championship Round of Meat Madness. The Elite Eight results are now posted. Make sure your preferred protein makes it to the Wood-Fired Final Four by showing your support—they need it now more than ever. Like their social posts, cheer them on, and vote for their recipes! It’s a long and winding road to grillin’ glory, but BBQ is not for the faint of heart. Vote, support your chef and help them get the word out! Meet the Elite Eight here. #MeatMadness

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Traeger's Meat Madness: The Sweet 16 is Here!

Posted by Traeger Service on March 22, 2015

We’ve reached the halfway point of Meat Madness. The Sweet Sixteen results are posted. See if your preferred pit master made the cut at traegergrills.com/meat-madness. We’ve given away over $6,400 in prizes, but the best is yet to come. Vote your BBQ Hero to the top of the Bracket and help them win some killer prizes and bragging rights. It’s a colossal ‘cue competition for carnivores. #MeatMadness.

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Traeger's Meat Madness: The 32 Have Been Selected!

Posted by acassell on March 20, 2015

This ‘cue competition is heating up! From hundreds of entries, 64 moved on to the head-to-head #MeatMadness Bracket competition. Thousands of votes have been tabulated, and 32 BBQ Heroes will advance to Round 2 on the road to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and the Wood-Fired Final Four. Support the Chefs by voting. Surviving the Bracket is not going to be easy, but barbecue is not for the faint of heart. There can only be one Traeger Pit Master. Get your votes in at traegergrills.com/meat-madness.

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$15K in Prizes. Join the Madness.

Posted by cshumway on March 9, 2015

Registration for Meat Madness is officially OPEN!

Meat Madness Meat Madness Teaser Video

Submit your favorite grilled recipe, along with a photo of the prepared dish by March 14th at 11:59 PM PST. The 64 most amazing recipes will advance to the bracket to compete in head-to-head match-ups and win over $15,000 in prizes! It’s a colossal competition for carnivores. Sixty-four recipes. Six rounds. One Traeger Pit Master. #MeatMadness - Join Now!


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Traeger’s Iconic Longhorn Steer @ South Coast Supply

Posted by cshumway on March 4, 2015

Located across the street from the historic Los Alamitos High School, you can’t miss SouthCoast Supply. Family owned and operated for over 24 years, South Coast Supply/Garden Daze is pleased to offer the entire line of Traeger Pro Series Grills, all 8 flavors of Traeger Hardwood Pellets, and endless Traeger accessories. The owners, Bonnie & Dennis, can be found grilling in the shop’s garden on weekends, giving BBQ enthusiasts the opportunity to sample different foods cooked using a variety of Traeger pellets, sauces & rubs.

One of the most eye-catching additions to their impressive collection is Traeger’s iconic Longhorn Steer. Produced in a barn in Mt. Angel, Oregon in the early 2000’s, Longhorn Steer grills are no longer in production, but they are an important part of Traeger History. During that time period, the Traeger Team experimented with striking designs that made a real statement about the playful nature of Barbecue. Joining the Longhorn Steer in the ranks: the Lil’ Pig, the Train, the Red Razorback, and the Tractor, all with the same versatile functionality of traditional, barrel-shaped Traegers.

So if you want to check out South Coast Supply/Garden Daze to stock up on building and garden supplies, and visit a little piece of Traeger history at the same time, stop on by. Bonnie and Dennis will be happy to see you, and they may even be Traeger’ing up some grub.

South Coast Supply is located at 3626 West Cerritos Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720. (562)430-7576. @southcoastsupplyinc

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In the Names of Love

Posted by Traeger Service on February 9, 2015

Ribeye Midnight Brisket Apple Pie Pork Roast Beef Stew Beef Stew 3-2-1 Ribs Traeger Recipes Image Map

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Traeger Grills and Baldface Lodge Combine Forces

Posted by Traeger Service on January 28, 2015


Portland, OR: Traeger Grills and Baldface Lodge have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind dining and destination experience.

Oregon-based company Traeger Grills features natural wood pellet grills that help people cook delicious meals outdoors. Designed to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and barbeque- the difference of a Traeger Grill is in the taste. The Traeger Grill Company has been inspiring food enthusiasts for years and most recently British Columbia’s Baldface Lodge.

Jeff Pensiero, GM of Baldface Lodge, remembers- “The partnership with Traeger came to me from a long-time friend and mentor in the snowboard industry. He told me his Traeger Grill was nothing short of inspiring! That word resonated with me. I’m always looking to create the most aspirational experience for our guests. Our lodge and our food, alongside our 32,000 acres of world-class terrain, is what sets Baldface apart. This partnership has inspired our chefs, as well! They’ve purchased all grass-fed beef and organic turkeys and keep finding unique ways to use our Traegers: smoked apricots in our salads and a smoke infused butter cream topping for our carrot cake are just a couple new additions.”

The Baldface Lodge, featured on the front page of the New York Times and named as one of GQ’s Top Ten Hippest Hotels in the World, is barbecuing exclusively with Traeger Grills. Traeger Grills’ outdoor cooking products produce unique flavors that only natural wood pellet grills can offer and the Baldface Lodge felt the partnership would be a great addition to their resort experience.

Recently, some members of the Traeger Grill team traveled to British Columbia to spend a few days at the Baldface Lodge. Together they had an unforgettable powder experience and ate delicious food prepared by Baldface Chefs cooked exclusively on Traeger Grills. Team members mentioned, “We’ve finally found something better to smoke than weed in British Columbia,” and “Even gnu get’s better on a Traeger!”

Both companies are excited about the partnership and look forward to creating more unique experiences for visitors. “We look forward to many years of great food, great snow and great people to share them with,” concludes GM Jeff Pensiero.

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Cajun Spiced Smoked Shrimp

Posted by sbulloch on June 16, 2014

Cajun Spiced Smoked Shrimp

Often times, we find the simplest of recipes to be our favorites. Likely because they are so easy to prepare and require so few ingredients we can throw them together in a snap with full confidence they'll taste amazing. So it is with these Cajun Smoked Smrimp. The ingredient list is short, the cook time... also short. The flavor is huge, however, and never fails to please our crew.

The lemon, garlic, Cajun flavor combo knocks our socks off without overpowering the subtle sweetness of the shrimp. Throw these on the grill next time you're looking for a quick-cooking dinner to impress. Everybody who tries them will complement your cooking prowess and it can be your secret that it was the easiest meal ever. 


Cajun Smoked Shrimp


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Serves: 6-8 people
Recommended Pellets: Alder, Hickory, Oak


2 lbs raw, peeled, deveined shrimp
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves carlic, finely minced
1 tablespooon Traeger Cajun Shake
1 teaspoon Kosher salt


In a large zip-top bag, combine all ingredients and gently toss to ensure all of the shrim are covered. The shrimp can be covered and marinate for 3-4 hours, if desired, but it's not necessary.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid, turn the temperature setting to High, and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Thread the shrimp onto bamboo skewers and place directly on the hot grill grate. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the flesh is opaque.

Cajun Spiced Smoked Shrimp

Cajun Spiced Smoked Shrimp

Serve immediately. We love them tossed into pasta and sprinkled with parmesan, or served on a bed of fresh greens with avocados and a creamy dressing. Enjoy!

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